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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

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New denatured alcohol guidelines for EU cosmetics and perfume manufactures

27-Nov-2014 - The EU’s Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General has issued advice that strengthens the protocols manufacturers follow when denaturing alcohol as an ingredient in beauty products.

EU updates WTO on 3-BC ban

26-Nov-2014 - The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organisation that it is prohibiting the use of 3-benzylidene-camphor (3-BC) in cosmetics.

BfR forum on aluminium safety in cosmetics kicks off tomorrow

25-Nov-2014 - The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment is holding a forum that will address aluminium in cosmetic and other consumer products sectors, where experts will provide information on the current state of research....

French nanomaterials register triples in second year

19-Nov-2014 - According to a government report, the number of declarations for the French nanomaterials register tripled in its second year of implementation, as formulators and distributors increase their notifications.

New study links triclosan to liver cancer in mice

18-Nov-2014 - Triclosan has been under scrutiny in the cosmetics industry for a number of years, and now a new study has linked it with liver cancer in laboratory mice. While not...

SCCS assessment could now mean formaldehyde in nail hardeners will be exempt from ban

14-Nov-2014 - The European Commission has given the go ahead for formaldehyde to be used at a maximum concentration of 2.2% when used in cosmetics that claim to harden or strengthen nails....

Evonik launches eco-friendly alternative to microbeads

11-Nov-2014 - Germany-based Evonik has launched an environmentally-friendly alternative to microbeads, as the race hots up to find viable alternatives in the face of growing legislation against it.

Cosmetics and perfume ingredient supplier Symrise tops Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

06-Nov-2014 - The international non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project, following an assessment of companies’ disclosure and reduction of environmental risks, has scored Symrise 96 out of 100 points, making it the top company...

8 EU countries call on the Commission to strengthen chemicals legislation

05-Nov-2014 - Sweden and seven other Nordic countries want to see a crackdown on chemicals from the incoming European Commission with endocrine disrupters particularly singled out as an important area. 

EC and ECHA announce clarity on REACH and the Cosmetics Regulation

28-Oct-2014 - The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), has clarified the relationship between the marketing ban and the REACH information requirements after there was confusion over whether...

ECHA looks into decamethylcyclopentasiloxane and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxan

23-Oct-2014 - After the UK announced its' plan to submit restriction proposals on decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) in January 2015, Echa has issued calls for evidence on the substances.

CAAT forum to bring academia and industry together for safer chemicals

23-Oct-2014 - The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is holding a workshop that it hopes will push the boundaries of science in the new field of 'green chemistry'. 

Clarity still needed for EU Cosmetics Regulation

22-Oct-2014 - While the aim of the EU Cosmetics Regulation that came into play last year was to harmonise the current laws, and in the most part it has, there are still...

Are French lavender farmers losing the battle against warning labels?

17-Oct-2014 - French lavender farmers have complained loudly about warning labels for cosmetic and fragrance products containing lavender oil, but it seems like regulators are going through with the move regardless....

Slack-fill: How much is too much?

15-Oct-2014 - A recent lawsuit in California brought against a cosmetics brand for slack-fill highlights the pitfall this area presents. Lawyer to the cosmetics industry, Angela Diesch, points out how to avoid...

SCCS rules concentration of 10% for UV filter in sunscreens

15-Oct-2014 - The Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety has ruled UV filter 1,1'-(1,4-piperazinediyl)bis[1-[2-[4-(diethylamino)-2-hydroxybenzoyl]phenyl]-methanone (HAA299), safe at a concentration of up to 10% in sunscreen products. ...

Guest article

Spike in false advertising legal challenges to the cosmetics industry

14-Oct-2014 - Companies across the country have been defending themselves against consumer class actions challenging advertising for cosmetics, report three leading law experts from the practice Sidley Austin LLP.   ...

Law firm takes action over beauty cream allegedly containing unlabeled steroids

09-Oct-2014 - Tristate area law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason is set to take legal action over Mario Badescu’s Control Cream and Healing Cream, alleging that is has been found to contain...

EC calls for opinion on 3 more hair dye ingredients

07-Oct-2014 - The Commission has requested opinions on the safe use of three hair dye ingredients; HC Red No 17, Basic Blue 99, and HC Blue 18. 

Cosmetic Compliance Summit targets clarity on EU regulations

03-Oct-2014 - The Cosmetics Compliance Summit 2014 is set to open its doors in London for three days from October 14th, with a comprehensive programme that aims to enhance clarity on EU...

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

02-Oct-2014 - Unilever holds its head high after winning an ad battle over its Dove soap after it had dryness claims questioned, and the Advertising Standards authority ruled in its favour.

Product Recall

Unilever recalls roll-on deos in Belgium due to contamination

01-Oct-2014 - Unilever has had its Belgian subsidiary recall 50ml bottles of its Neutral Roll-on deodorant after it discovered bacteria in samples of the deodorant it tested, which could affect vulnerable people...

EC steps up safety limits on more cosmetic preservatives

30-Sep-2014 - The Commission has restricted the use of three more preservatives in cosmetic products in an effort to 'strengthen the protection of consumers'.

NGOs concerned with 'future of environmental health' under Jean-Claude Juncke

26-Sep-2014 - HEAL, the Green10 and other Brussels-based NGOs have contacted the European Parliament with ‘grave concerns on the future of environmental health' under the newly appointed Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker.

No European cosmetics concern over exposure to phthalates

18-Sep-2014 - After a US study claimed that if children are exposed to certain phthalates while still in the womb, it could increase their risk of developing asthma; experts in Europe have...

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